Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

Completely produced from high-altitude vineyards in the heart of Chianti Classico, surrounding a X Century Romanic church, it greatly combines the finesse of the freshest Sangiovese with the structure and the smoothness of the Merlot.

Appellation: Toscana IGT
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Grape varieties: 70% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,30% vol.
Total acidity: 5,80‰
Vineyards location: Badiola - Le Ripe vineyard, alt.: 450 - 510 m. (1,476 - 1,673 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Rocky - coming from decomposed limestone and sandstone
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5,500 - 7,200
Harvest: Hand picked from September 26th (Sangiovese), from September 18th (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C
Period of maceration: 12 - 15 days
Aging: In french / american small oak barrels (500 lt) for 10 months
Bottling: November 2013
Available on the market: February 2014
Production: 200.000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: 1994
Key descriptors: Elegant, fresh red berry flavors, velvety, aromatic and supple
Food pairing: Cold cuts, pasta with meat/game sauce, pizza, big grilled fish, pot roast


Technical sheet

Vintage

Anomalous weather during the winter period, where there were very few precipitations with a snowfall in February. The months of June, July and August have been characterized by an almost total absence of rain, with temperatures above the seasonal average. A decisive change in weather in the last week of August and the first seven days of September gave a positive turn to the season; there were a significant drop in temperatures for both minimum and maximum temperatures, allowing the plants to resume "work" in an optimal manner and consequently arrive to the ripening of the grapes in very good conditions. The grapes have not had any problems and have arrived to the cellar in optimum conditions. This vintage from a quantitative point of view, gave us a reduction of about 25% -30% of the grapes compared to the previous years. The agronomical judgment on the vintage is on average good, with peaks of excellence for some of the Sangiovese grapes.
Beginning of the harvest: Aug.29
End of the harvest: Oct.10
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 369,8 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3723°C
Evaluation: Very good